Industry and ICT Ministerial Meeting

The G7 ICT and Industry Ministers met on 25-26 September in Turin at the Reggia of Venaria.

The agenda of the meeting included the transformation enabled by digital technologies, advanced robotics and data-driven production processes.

The main topics of the meeting

"The Next Production Revolution (NPR)" as defined by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), is already in place, empowered by developments in robotics, the industrial application of artificial intelligence, the diffusion of 3D printing technologies and real-time big data analytics. The transformations related to the diffusion of Industry 4.0 will have a deep impact on society and on the labor market in the coming years: while the NPR is a crucial opportunity to modernize production, it could lead to negative effects on employment levels if not adequately planned and guided.

The G7 countries have adopted strategies to address NPR's complexity challenges, such as the "Industrie 4.0" plan in Germany, "Industrie du Futur" in France, "Society 5.0", "Connected Industries” and “IoT Comprehensive Strategy” in Japan, "Innovation and Skills Plan" in Canada, as well as the "Digital and Industrial Strategies" introduced in the United Kingdom. A similar path was undertaken by the European Union, which in April 2016 launched the Industrial Innovation Plan called "Digitising European Industry – Reaping the full benefits of a Digital Single Market".

In Italy, last year, the Ministry of Economic Development presented the Industry 4.0 National Plan.

Industry 4.0 had a central role in the G7 Industry and ICT, whose key words are: inclusive, open and secure.

Ahead of the Ministerial meeting, it has been held the side event on “G7 ICT and Industry Multistakeholder Conference".


Carlo Calenda
Matthew Hancock
Matthias Machnig
Daisaku Hiraki, Shinsuke Okuno
Mounir Mahjoubi
Michael Kratsios
Nadvdeep Singh Bains
Andrus Ansip


The Ministerial Meeting took place at the Palace of Venaria Reale, UNESCO World Heritage site located in the metropolitan area of Turin. Ancient Roman city, Italy’s first capital and for decades center of the Italian industry, Turin has been shaped over the centuries by several identities, which significantly marked its historical, architectural and artistic heritage.Continue to read


Industry and ICT Ministerial Meeting